The following certifications were placed under moratorium by the RID Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016, and are not currently being awarded.

Restarting the awarding of these certifications is dependent upon

  • RID operationalizing the 2007 member motion regarding establishment of criteria for recognizing tests other than RID’s – such as Boys Town, BEI, or some other non-RID or CASLI created testing tool
  • The adoption of this criteria by the RID certified membership
  • Application of these entities for recognition of their test, and compliance of the test with the approved criteria

If and when these events happen, then the RID Board could determine lifting the moratorium on the appropriate certifications.

In the meantime, those that already have these certifications will continue to be recognized as RID-certified.  The moratorium does not affect those who already have the credential – only those who desire to gain it now.

Certifications Under Moratorium

This credential is fully recognized by RID, but the designation is no longer awarded by RID.  This designation went into moratorium effective January 1, 2016.

The EIPA assessment is still available through Boys Town.  More information on that can be found at

Holders of this certification demonstrated the ability to interpret or transliterate classroom content and discourse between students who are deaf and hard of hearing and students, teachers and school staff who are hearing. Certificants demonstrated EIPA Level 4* skills using spoken English and at least one of the following visual languages, constructs, or symbol systems at either an elementary or secondary level:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Manually Coded English (MCE)
  • Contact Signing (aka: Pidgin Signed English (PSE) or English-like Signing)
  • Cued American English (CAE) (aka: Cued Speech)

This credential was offered from 2007 to 2016.

This credential is fully recognized by RID, but the designation is no longer awarded by RID.  This designation went into moratorium effective January 1, 2016.

Description: Holders of this specialist certification demonstrated specialized knowledge of legal settings and greater familiarity with language used in the legal system. These individuals are recommended for a broad range of assignments in the legal setting. This credential was offered from 1998 to 2016.

The SC:L, and specialist testing in general, are topics of investigation as part of the 2016-2018 Certification Committee Scope Of Work.

This credential is fully recognized by RID, but the designation is no longer awarded by RID.  This designation went into moratorium effective January 1, 2016.

Description: Holders of this certification demonstrated, using silent oral techniques and natural gestures and the ability to transliterate a spoken message from a person who hears to a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. Holders also demonstrated the ability to understand and repeat the message and intent of the speech and mouth movements of the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. This credential was offered from 1999 to 2016.

This credential was originally voted into sunset by the RID Board at the in-person Board Meeting at the RID NOLA National Conference, in August of 2015.

At the RID NOLA Business Meeting, a motion was made to move the credential from “sunset” status to “moratorium”.  Here is the member motion:

Primary submitter(s) name(s): William Gorum
Secondary submitter(s) name(s): Margaret Austin

Move that the RID Board of Director’s decision to ʺsunsetʺ the Oral Transliteration certificate be vetoed via a vote of the organization’s membership and to place the OTC testing program under moratorium along with all other RID certification examinations until further investigation can be done into options other than the cessation of administration of the OTC exam.

RID is the only nationally recognized organization who certifies oral transliterators. People who are deaf that prefer to use oral communication methods should have access to trained, qualified, and certified interpreters. The RID mission statement is to ʺpromote excellence in interpretation services among diverse users of signed and spoken languages through professional development, networking, advocacy, and standardsʺ.

Estimated Fiscal Impact Statement:
Vetoing the Board’s motion and placing the OTC under moratorium until further options are explored would have minimal financial impact on RID.

Organizational Remarks:

Board of Directors Comments:

Bylaws Committee Comments:

Headquarters Comments:

Professional Development Committee Comments:

Member Comments:

In response to a point, President Whitcher cited a bylaw (Article 3, Section 3d) which says that Board decisions can be overturned by a 2/3 vote.

Betty Colonomos moved to table this discussion, seconded by Wink Smith. This motion does not entertain discussion, so a vote was taken. With 91 votes in support, 146 opposed and 12 abstentions, the motion to table fails.

Artie Grassman called the question, seconded by Audrey Rosenberg. A vote was taken, and debate was closed.

A vote was taken, and, with a 2/3 majority being needed to pass, the motion received 210 votes in support, 56 opposed, and 21 abstentions, so the motion C2015.11 carries.

The Professional Development Committee advises the RID Board of Directors, and assists RID Headquarters, in the oversight of the policies and standards for the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) and the Associate Continuing Education Tracking (ACET) program.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Board Liaison: Jason Hurdich


  • Richard Laurion (Chair)
  • Lisa Weems (Co-Chair)
  • Dawn Duran
  • Mary Darragh MacLean
  • Kathleen Lanker
  • Nathan Fowler

Frequency of Reports:    Monthly
Cumulative report: March 2019, March 2021

For the 2017-2021 term, the Professional Development Committee is charged with the following:

  1. Element #1: Certification Maintenance Program
    1. Review the Standards and Criteria for compliance with industry norms and for management of online education.
      1. Explore if the RID’s system could be, and should be, recognized as a full member of the International Association of Continuing Education and Tracking (IACET)
      2. Explore ways to manage or document online education and some of the innovative courses interpreters are pursuing today.
      3. Explore effective mechanisms for documenting academic studies.  A professional credentialing system’s education program typically documents continuing education and not degree seeking efforts.
      4. Utilizing the information learned from Element #1. a. , Conduct a major review, revision and update of the CMP/ACET system.
      5. In collaboration with key HQ staff, offer recommendations, to the RID Board, for consideration to enhance, and ensure relevancy, of the program
    2. Review the fees/costs of the program.
      1. Ensure that the program is self sustaining (cost-neutral) per member motion (C93.01)
  1. Element #2: Audit Program
    1. Review, in conjunction with the Board, the proposals from the 2015-2017 PDC.
    2. Ensure that steps are taken to continue to strengthen the Audit Program.
      1. Create a system of auditor groups (separate but in communication with HQ and the PDC), who will conduct regular and ‘spot’-audits to ensure effective functioning of RID’s network of approved sponsors.
      2. Offer recommendations, to the RID Board, for consideration to enhance, and ensure relevance and currency, of the program.
    3. Provide monthly reports to the Board providing the following information (not limited to):
      1. Updates on the audit successes and failures.  Include steps that have been taken to ensure that the successes continue and the failures are addressed.
  1. Element #3: CMP Sponsors
    1. Create and offer regular sponsor training.
      1. Work with HQ staff and key stakeholders to develop training opportunities for sponsors.
      2. Offer regular training sessions- through webinar or in-person- for the purpose of keeping sponsors current on the appropriate management and delivery of sponsorship services to RID members.
    2. Monitor and respond to sponsor questions.
      1. Work with HQ staff to provide regular monitoring of the sponsor list and respond as appropriate to questions, concerns, or issues raised by sponsors.
  1. Element #4: Conference motions
    1. Address C2015.05:
      1. We move that 1.0 of the required 6.0 CEUs under the content area of Professional Studies be training related to topics of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.  Be it further moved that the content area of Professional Studies include as a fourth category the topic of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.  Be it further moved that the PDC will work with representatives from the Diversity Council, Deaf Advisory Council, Council of Elders, and Member Section leaders to identify the scope of topics to be included under the Professional Studies category of Power, Privilege, and Oppression.
    2. Work with the Pro Bono Ad Hoc Committee in their charge to address conference C2015.06:
      1. Move that the RID Board of Directors establish an ad hoc committee to include representatives from the authors of this motion, a representative from the PDC, certified members, community stakeholders, including people who are not yet in support of this idea, to investigate the implementation of a system to document ProBono hours for members (certified and associate) during their four year cycle; Be it further moved that this committee shall be comprised of no less than 50% Deaf members.

The Bylaws Committee advises the RID Board of Directors with respect to the organization’s governing documents.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Board Liaison: Mish Ktejik


  • Andrea K. Smith
  • LaVona Andrew
  • Dawn McKenna

Frequency of Reports:    Monthly
Cumulative report: March 2019, March 2021

For the term 2017-2021, the Bylaws Committee members are charged to complete the following tasks:

  1. Reviews the bylaws periodically to ensure that they are up-to-date and compliant with current laws and Robert’s Rules of Order.
  2. When the need arises, propose amendments to the bylaws that reflect changes or nuances that the board identifies.
  3. Serve as the national Motions and Resolutions Committee throughout the term and during the biennial conference.
    1. Throughout the term and during national conference, the Bylaws Committee will collect and review all member motions and conference motions to ensure they are not in conflict with the RID Bylaws or organizational procedures.
    2. To assist the Chair of the Business Meeting in directing members who are commenting on motions to stand / sit in appropriate places.
    3. To assist members throughout the term and during the Business Meeting to formulate complete motions in writing prior to posing the motion.

Future Element:

  1. Act as a resource to HQ and Affiliate Chapters in the development or revisions to the Affiliate Chapter bylaws and standing rules, and in maintaining compliance with the RID national bylaws.

The RID Certification Committee advises the RID Board of Directors by recommending policies and standards related to the RID Certification system.

Reports to: RID Board of Directors

Board Liaison: Deb Martinez


  • Danny Maffia, Current Committee Chair
  • Rebecca De Santis, Current Committee Co-Chair
  • Antwan Campbell
  • Andrea K. Smith
  • Whitney Gissell
  • Ronnie Zuchengo
  • Brittany Quickel
  • Paris McTizic
  • Ashley Holladay (Staff Liaison)

Frequency of Reports:    Monthly
Cumulative report: March 2019, March 2021

For the term 2017-2019, the RID Certification Committee members are charged to complete the following tasks:

  • Element #1: Develop guidelines for recognizing credentials from entities other than RID.
    1. (CM 2007.04) Develop a set of guidelines for including membership and/or conferring of certified status, individuals who hold credentials from any entity other than RID; that these guidelines be approved by majority vote of the certified membership of RID; and that RID wait until the implementation of these guidelines prior to entering into further discussion, agreements, contracts or in any way incorporating non-RID certificates into our organization.
      1. Provide recommendations to the RID Board. Recommendations are provided to the Board via the Board liaison.
    2. Explore options for granting specialty certification in legal, medical and other areas of practice.
      1. Explore the concept of a portfolio for recognizing specialty credentials.
      2. Provide recommendations to the Board for accepting specialty certification
  • Element #2: Recommend to the Board requirements for granting RID generalist certification
    1. Explore what requirements must be met in addition to a passing score of a CASLI administered generalist exam to be granted National Interpreter Certification (NIC) and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).
      1. Determine if the current degree requirement should be a certification requirement or a testing requirement.
      2. Determine if an affirmation of adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct, hours of training, or other requirements must be met for granting of certification.
  • Element #3: Address additional items as they are referred to the committee by the Board of Directors.


The Audit Committee is to assist/advise the Board of Directors in the oversight of organizational internal controls and risk management, and monitor, review, and report on the annual independent audit of the organization’s finances.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Board Liaison: Yakata Nichols, Board Treasurer –


  • Stephen Fitzmaurice (Chair)
  • Sarah Glenn-Smith
  • Joshua Pennise

HQ Staff Liaisons: Jennifer Apple – and Star Grieser –

Frequency of Reports: As needed during the audit period and a summary report at the conclusion of the Audit.

2017-2021 Scope of Work:

For the term 2017-2021, the Audit Committee members are charged to complete the following tasks:

  1. Oversee matters related to RID’s internal systems controls.
    1. To provide an independent view and critique of management override of controls.
    2. To recommend appropriate internal controls toward mitigating possible fraud and reducing risk.
  2. Oversee the annual independent audit process.
    1. To assist with oversight in hiring independent auditors, counsel, or other consultants as necessary.
    2. To inquire of management and independent auditors about significant risks or exposure facing the organization.
    3. To review with management significant audit findings and recommendations together with management’s responses thereto.
    4. To review with management and the independent auditor the effect of any regulatory and accounting initiatives, as well as other unique transactions and financial relationships, if any.
  3. Oversee the appropriate preparation and dissemination of financial statements.
    1. To review with management and the independent auditors the organization’s annual financial statements and related footnotes, the auditor’s audit of the financial statements and their report thereon, and auditor’s judgments about the quality of the organization’s accounting principles as applied in its financial reporting.
    2. To review with the general counsel, management, and independent auditors any regulatory matters that may have an impact on the financial statements, related compliance policies, programs, and reports received from regulators.
  4. Prepare or oversee preparation of an audit committee annual report.
  5. Address items referred to the committee by the Board of Directors.